by Harmonize Support, on Mar 18, 2020 1:15:11 PM
Polling In the Discussion or as a Stand Alone Resource
- Get feedback and insight on a question quickly and quantifiable by using polling within Harmonize
- Assess where your students are in their learning, understand takeaways or stimulate the discussion by adding a poll
Individual Q&A Topics
- Add an individual Q&A Topic to a module to target specific questions for the material
Communication Center - Adding to all LMS's
- Add the Communication Center to a page or module to access all Harmonize products from a single location
Groups in Blackboard
- Using Harmonize LTI 1.3, Blackboard users can now set discussions to group-level visibility
Updates to Record Audio & Video
- Controls have been simplified to make recording more intuitive for all users
Harmonize Communication Center
- Access all of the Harmonize products from one central location
- View Discussion Topics, the Q&A Board, Chat or view your Profile & Notification Settings
- If you select Harmonize from the left hand navigation (Canvas Only) it will display the new Communication Center
Enabling / Disabling Q&A Board
- The Q&A Board will be enabled by default
- Instructors can easily enable or disable the Q&A Board
- If a board was disabled and questions and answers were added, then the board will be re-enabled and the questions and answers will persist.
Show or Hide Harmonize Discussion Topics
- If the instructor has added a discussion topic to a module or page, they may not want the Topic to appear on the Harmonize Discussion page of topics.
- A new setting on the edit topic screen allows the Instructor to choose to show or hide the topic on the Harmonize discussion page.
Permanently delete a post or comment
- Instructors always had the option to delete a post or comment created by a student, but Harmonize displayed the post or comment to the Instructor with a note that it was administratively deleted.
- Now after deleting a post or comment, Instructors have the option to permanently delete the post or comment and not have it visible to the instructor.
Course specific Question & Answer
Looking for an answer to a specific question? Need help? Utilize the new question & answer feature to do that and more, now part of Harmonize.
- Instructors can mark a response as the Best Answer
- Search for a question or answer by keywords to easily find solutions
- Filter to find the Best Answer, unread questions or questions that do not have a Best Answer
- Easily find questions that you flagged for follow up
- Endorse a question or answer
Adding Harmonize Resources
- Adding Harmonize resources to a module or page (Canvas), is now even easier.
- A new wizard is now available to help you choose the best mode of communication for your module - Discussion, Q&A or Chat.
Institution wide support
- Add your Institution's course & technical support contact to assist Instructors and Students get to the right place to help answer questions or issues in a timely manner.
Set the Default closed captioning language
Download All Attachments
- Never miss a chat message!
- Students & Instructors can now opt in to receive push notifications to their devices.
- Note: This currently only works on Desktop and Android devices
Adding Harmonize Topics to a Page (Canvas Only)
- Harmonize Topics can now be added to a Canvas Page, by using the plug icon.
- Note: This requires a change to the XML configuration. If you would like the ability to add this feature, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
Access Activity Directly From the User's Profile
- We have added another way to view student's activity.
- Click on their name and click Activity
- Students engage more in peer facilitated discussion
- Peer modeling
- Keep discussion focused
- Advance and deepen discussion.
- Provide opportunity for all voices to be heard.
- Leave participants challenged and willing to engage in follow-up conversations
- Take Milestone's to the next step with Auto-Participation Grading by having Harmonize assign credit to a student simply by completing the assigned tasks
- Participation grading is done without the Instructor's intervention saving time in the grading process
- Support for HEIC (iPhone file type)
- Harmonize Chat email notifications for unread chat messages
Harmonize Topic List Page updates
- The Harmonize topic list page has been updated to provide more information and actions directly from the page.
- A Equation Editor has been added to the text area when creating a Post or adding a Comment.
November 2020 Release Notes
Milestone (Multiple Due Dates) Updates
- By default comments & replies will be combined together as one requirement, allowing students to either comment on a post or reply to a comment to count towards completion of the requirement.
- Alternatively, Instructors can select the advanced mode and select comments & replies as separate requirements.
Landmarks & Regions added for Assistive Technology
- Landmarks and regions have been added to Harmonize for Assistive Technology Users to help orient themselves to pages and help navigate to various sections of the page.
October 2020 Release Notes
Import Zoom Meeting Files
- After a meeting has ended you can import Zoom meeting files, recordings, transcripts and chat transcripts.
Presence on front of the card
- The presence indicator is now displayed on the front of the card, making it easier to see who is online, away, busy or offline.
September 2020 Release Notes
Milestone Requirement Email Notifications
- Upcoming Milestone Reminder: Students will receive an email reminder 1 day prior to the Milestone due date.
- Past Due Reminder: Students will receive an email reminder if they did not complete the Milestone and it is 1 day past due.
Web links added in the text editor
- Adding web links in the text editor, when creating a post or adding a comment, will automatically display a preview of the website, if one is available.
Download Closed Caption Files
- In the last release, Harmonize automatically closed captioned videos. Now users can download the .SRT file for review and re-upload if any changes are needed.
Grid & List Views
- We have added both the Grid & List View icons visible by default, so users can easily see that there are two different views of the discussion.
New Assignments takes the user to the Edit screen by default
- To reduce the number of clicks an Instructor or Instructional Designer needs to take to create their assignment prompt, the user is automatically redirected to the Edit Topic screen when creating a new assignment.
August 2020 Release Notes
Automatic Closed Captioning
- Recorded and uploaded videos will automatically be closed captioned, to provide accessibility to all users.
- With Harmonize Tips students and faculty will receive an onscreen notification, which will allow them to explore new features within the platform. Videos, GIFs, and text will be provided to help the user get started! Start exploring Harmonize Tips!
July 2020 Release Notes
Multiple Due Dates (Milestones)Milestones allow you to create a single assignment or topic that has multiple completion requirements/dates.
Completion Requirements may include a specific number of:
- Posts on a topic
- Comments on posts
- Replies to comments
- Reactions to classmates’ activity
By adding requirements as part of a Topic or Assignment Milestone, you provide students a clear indication of what must be done to complete a discussion topic.
Additionally, you can stagger the requirements across a specific span of time. For example, as part of a weekly discussion that begins on a Monday, you may want each student to:
- Write ONE post by Wednesday.
- Comment on TWO classmates’ work by Friday.
- Reply to TWO comments on their post by Sunday.
- Urkund is an automatic text-recognition system made for detecting, preventing and handling plagiarism and can be turned on for an Assignment or a Discussion topic.
- When creating a meeting row you can add artifacts that pertain to the meeting, like agendas or meeting notes, keeping all documents together in one place.
- We have added a new top level help icon to link to the Harmonize support pages for easy access to learn about Harmonize.
- When adding a comment, the Advanced Commenting option is also available under the menu option.
June 2020 Release Notes
- Presence allows users to view who is online, which can lead to student satisfaction and create a more synchronous discussion.
- Harmonize now shows the users status
By default their presence is online. The user can change their status to: Busy, Away or Show as Offline while they are in Harmonize.
Harmonize Chat (Beta)
Harmonize Chat allows Teachers and Students to communicate in real time.
- The Chat tool will need to be enabled for your institution. Contact email@example.com to request that it is turned on
- Students and Instructors can chat with current and previous classmates where Harmonize was installed
- Create private or group messages
- Block and/or Unblock a user
- Mute and/or Unmute a conversation
- Set your status as online, away, busy or show as offline
- Mark an individual conversation as unread
- Mark all conversations as read
- Delete your own conversation
- Disable / Enable Chat
- Saved chat conversations
May 2020 Release Notes
- Communicating directly with your peers or Instructor is now easier with threaded replies.
- You can now reply directly to another user's comments by selecting reply.
March 2020 Release Notes
New Post User Interface
- Changes to adding a new post from a New Post Button to creating a Post inline.
- Clicking on Create post... opens the new post inline
Comment changes to User Interface
- By default, users can add a text comment or drag & drop files when adding a comment.
- Clicking on Advanced Commenting expands the comment inline to add additional options to compose your comment.
February 2020 Release Notes
Post & Comment Reactions
Instructors can optionally turn on reactions per topic to engage students in the discussion topic. Students can view the reactions made by other students
- This is helpful
- Good Point
- I agree
Unicheck Plagiarism Integration
- Instructors can edit a topic and turn on Unicheck Plaiarism Integration
January 2020 Release Notes
- Users can now search a keyword on posts, comments, media description, meetings, closed caption files, first or last name and email.
- Search results are highlighted to quickly find the keyword
- Search results can also be filtered by: Posted by user and Relevance or Most Recent
Post / Comments & Navigation Changes
- We have made it easier to find posts that the instructor or student have not read, by collapsing previously viewed posts and comments.
- Actions on posts (edit, delete, flag for followup, version history and get URL) that were previously links, have been collapsed to a single menu item.
- The comment button has been removed and replaced with a more prominent inline comment box.
- Actions on a topic have been collapsed into a single menu to consolidate them into one area for quick access
December 2019 Release Notes
- Instructors can now see the published version history of each student's posts
Enhanced User Profile
Learn more about class participants and create a social presence in the discussion. You can now publish your profile and background to all class participates.
- Enhanced profile picture to use as your avatar
- Email & location
- Social media links
- Biography & interests
- Office Hours (for instructors only)
- NOTE: All profile information is optional
November 2019 Release Notes
- Install Turnitin keys at the account or course level so students can submit assignments or discussion posts
- Teachers will also be able to see student's scores when grading
- Install Caliper keys at the account or course level to pull Harmonize data into Caliper
Annotation Tool Changes
- You can now view and image or audio in a larger view without first opening the Annotation tool.
- Click Annotate to begin Annotating
October 2019 Release Notes
- Image & Video Annotations in Draft Mode
- Word Count
- Notification Bell Activity
- Activity Reporting across the course
- Closed Captioning
- Changes to display of date & time on posts & comments
Image & Video Annotations in Draft Mode
Uploaded images and videos can be annotated before a student published their work. After the media is uploaded click on the annotation icon to annotate.
Students can now see the word count when creating a post and teachers can view the word count on assignment submissions when grading.
Notification Bell Activity
Notifications received are now consolidated under a new Bell Icon to allow students and teachers to keep up to date on activity on their post & comments.
Activity Reporting across Course
Teachers can now view activity for students across the course in a dashboard view. See all activity across posts & comments, who has not posted in the last 7 days, who has not posted at all and view the most active topic or assignment.
Teachers and students can upload an .srt file and select a language when adding a video. When playing the video the translated text will display at the bottom of the video.
Changes to date & time display on post & comments
Date & time displays have been update to condense the view of the date. Hovering over the date will display the actual date & time of the post or comment
September 2019 Release Notes
- Visibility of Posts
- Students must post before seeing other students posts setting
- Anonymous Posts
- Meeting Scheduler Updates
- Notification Settings
Visibility of Posts
Posts can be set to be the following:
- Visible to all participants
- Visible to participants in their assigned section
- Visible to participants in their assigned groups
- Visible only between the Instructor and Student
Student must post before seeing other Posts and Comments
Students will need to create and publish a post before seeing any other student posts or comments within that topic.
There are three options for configuring how a user’s identity is displayed within a topic:
- Posts and comments always show user’s identity – This is the default setting. It requires all users to post as themselves.
- Allow anonymous posts and comments – This setting allows users to choose if they want to post or comment anonymously or not.
- All student posts and comments are anonymous – This setting requires all students to post anonymously. Instructors may choose to post anonymously or not.
Meeting Scheduler Updates
If a meeting has been scheduled, a calendar icon will be displayed at the top of the topic to show upcoming and past meetings.
@Mentions in text area
Students and Teachers can @mention a student inline when adding content to a post or comment.
The @mentioned user will be tagged and receive an email notification.
Harmonize notification settings can now be accessed under your user profile at the top of the Topic.
July 2019 Release Notes
Student Self Annotation
After uploading an image or video and publishing their post, students can now self annotate their own files using the annotation tools. Instructors and Students can both annotate the same file and have visibility access to see each others Annotations.
A new meeting block can be added by selecting, Schedule Meeting.
Meetings can be added as the following:
- No Remote Location: Add a physical location for your meeting without a remote meeting
- Add Meeting URL: Add a meeting URL for any type of online meeting room
- Zoom Meeting: Link to your Pro Account and automatically add a Zoom Meeting
10 minutes prior to the meeting, the host can Start the Meeting and users can join.